CPD Modules

Continuing Professional Development Guidelines

This guide helps Assessors plan their annual CPD activities.

It sets out Annual CPD requirements, the types of activities they can undertake along with the CPD points awarded for the various activities

2020 Annual Set and Forget CPD Packages

  • Package 1 - 12 CPD Modules (6 x category 1 and 6 x category 2 modules)

Delivering one CPD module to your inbox each month, alternating between category 1 and category 2 modules so that by the end of your accreditation year all your CPD points are taken care of. Package period is from April 2020 - March 2021.

Should you wish to subscribe during the course of the year, you will be provided with the necessary modules to enable you to catch up. Should you have already attended any of the modules included in this package, no refund for the fee paid for those modules is available. The CPD points can only be claimed once.

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  • Package 2 - Category 1 CPD Modules (6 x category 1 CPD modules)

Delivering one Category 1 CPD module to your inbox every second month, so by the end of your accreditation year all your Category 1 CPD points are taken care of. This gives you flexibility to explore alternaive options and topics of personal interest to fulfil your category 2 CPD points requirements.

Should you wish to subscribe during the course of the year, you will be provided with the necessary modules to enable you to catch up. Should you have already attended any of the modules included in this package, no refund for the fee paid for those modules is available. The CPD points can only be claimed once.

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Category 1 CPD Modules


 

Category 2 CPD Modules


 

  • Speckel Online Tutorial

In this recorded software tutorial presented by developer Darren O'Dea you will learn how you can use Speckel in your work to help in the adoption of ‘better buildings’ and the recent changes to the National Construction Code 2019 Vol 1

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  • Using Air Tightness Testing to Your Advantage - You can't manage what you don't measure

This webinar presents an overview of Air Tightness/Blower Door testing, how air leakage impacts on energy efficiency ratings and why measuring the air leakage rate in a building in required by building codes around the world, including the NCC 2019.

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  • Introduction to Hero Energy Rating Software

In this free webinar recording you will be introduced to Hero, its interface, features & how you can get started performing NatHERS assessments within Hero, along with some discussion on the exciting things on the horizon for Hero.

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  • The Future of Energy Rating Tools

Hosted by CSIRO, this webinar introduces and overviews newly accredited Hero Software, BERSPro update and CSIRO's cloud version of AccuRate (Note: registration on this ABSA web page is only required for those ABSA Members who wish to claim CPD to attend this webcast)

The recording of the webcast is free for you to watch and the link is included here.

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  • The Future of Energy Rating Tools - II

Hosted by CSIRO, Tune in to the second webcast in the series to hear from Bryn Dellar on long awaited Aridian, Doug McPherson on Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard, Gerard Turnbull on Firstrate5 and Ian McNicol on Zero Net Carbon Tool.

The recording of the webcast is free for you to watch and the link is included here.

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  • Heat Recovery Ventialtion

This presentation discusses the importance of ventilation systems in the healthy, energy efficient indoor environment and home design together with 2019 NCC design compliance

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  • Condensation Conundrums and Thermal Control

The presentation considers the role played by various control layers and how they impact design and specification to aid the understanding and effective management of condensation risk.

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  • The Chenath Engine Explained

Presented by Dr Zhengdong Chen, Deputy Editor, Indoor and Built Environment, SAGE Journals and Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Energy, this live webinar explains the origin, the structure, the capabilities, the advantages as well as the limitations and future of the Chenath engine.

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ABSA 2019 AGM CPD Program - Category 1 CPD Modules

  • Q & A Panel  Discussion

Hear the subject matter experts answer ratings questions from the floor (quiz required to gain CPD point - 1 x category 1 CPD point)

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  • Common Ratings Mistakes - Tips and Tricks

Subject matter expert, Matthew Graham walks you through the 11 most common ratings errors that have become evident through the quality assurance audit process. (quiz required to gain CPD point - 1 x category 1 CPD point)

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  • BERSPro v4.4 - What's new in the updated version and how it relates to NCC 2019 and the Chenath Engine v3.21

In this recorded webinar, Michael Plunkett walks you through the changes and enhancements that came with the updated version of BERSPro v4.4 in relation to the updated Chenath Engine v3.21

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  • Section J transformed: Stepping into energy change for commercial buildings

Presented by ABCB and Property Council Australia, this recorded  2 hour seminar outlines 2019 NCC Section J transformed: Stepping into energy change for commercial buildings and introduces the new Section J Façade Calculator.

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Presented by Chair of ABSA Technical Advisory Committee, Dr Clyde Anderson, This webinar will be

helpful for senior Assessors who have the responsibility of supervising the work of other persons who

help them with NatHERS software data entry.

 

 

Did you miss the recent NatHERS Webinar regarding the new NatHERS Technical Note, effective 1 May 2019.

You may wish to review.

 

As part of the ABSA Signed Code of Practice all New Assessors are required to undertake this Module

within the first 12 months of Accreditation, however this rating of a simple house can also be used by

long serving Assessors for CPD points.

 

For Assessors who wish to obtain CPD through the rating and checking of a double storey house with a moderate level of complexity.

An 80% pass mark is required, and feedback will be given. 

Attracts 4 points in Category 1

 

Learn how to slice and dice like a pro!

 

Covers the impact on occupants, Regulations  and standards, Window and external door testing,

Thermal properties of windows and doors, Window and external door performance, Condensation,

Functionality  and effectiveness of Trickle Ventilation Devices and WERS.

 

ABSA sponsor, Architectural Window Systems (AWS) presents this webinar on Bushfire rated windows and doors...

PLUS there is an extra BONUS... presenter Murray introduces and gives a sneak peak at "Speckel", AWS's newly

developed tool that provides solutions for Section J compliance.

 

ABSA sponsor Architectural Window Systems, together with Speckel tool developer Darren O'Dea introduce and demonstrate the newly developed tool called "speckel". Speckel assists in calculating energy performance to comply with NCC 2019 Vol I, vol II, and J Section.

 

Discussion on how to define accurate energy ratings for windows and doors in
Australian buildings

 

  • A Breath of Fresh Air - what makes an air tight building healthy for inhabitants?

In this recorded webinar, Proctor Group's indoor air quality guru, Andy Russell address this important topic, investigating the key qualitative and regulatory requirements, how other countries have failed or succeeded in addressing poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and what the future may hold for Australia in this area.

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  • Structural Insulation Panels and Building Information Modelling

Presented by Bondor QLD/NT Architectural Manager Andrew Hudson, this webinar discusses the benefits and use of Structural Insulated Panel Systems together with Bondor's Building Information Modelling platform.

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  • ABSA 2019 AGM CPD Program - Climate Matters and Energy Ratings 

(3 Videos included in this module offering 2 x category 2 CPD points)

  • Video 1 - Dr Anir Upadhyay, UNSW - Impact of the Changing Climate

  • Video 2 - Mahalath Halperin - How Climate Change Changed my Rating

  • Video 3 - Anthony Wright, CSIRO Energy - Climate Matters - CSIRO's response to changing needs

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  • Using the NCC - 2019 Modules

 

 

The importance of passive design cannot be overstated. Paying attention to the principles of good passive design suitable for your climate effectively ‘locks in’ thermal comfort, low heating and cooling bills, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions for the life span of your home.

10 Modules offering 1 x Category 2 CPD point each

There are 10 modules ranging from Orientation, Passive Solar Heating to Skylights to choose from, each offfering 1 x category 2 CPD point.

 

Every building material comes with an environmental cost of some sort. However, some principles can help guide your choice of sustainable materials and construction systems. 

The 10 Modules in this series present and discuss the various pros and cons of a range of constuction systems and methods.

Learn more here

 

Learn about how window film works, benefits and case studies

 

Learn how the Chenath Engine and Accurate is used for Residential Buildings

 

Presented by Professor Paul Cooper, watch the Sustainable

Building Research Center - Wollongong University